Students celebrate Catholic Schools Week with talent shows

Austin Hinkley opens the sixth annual St. Mary Catholic School talent show with a drum solo. The talent show is one of the many activities students could participate in during National Catholic Schools Week. (Pioneer photos/Meghan Gunther-Haas)

MECOSTA COUNTY — National Catholic Schools Week is coming to a close and students throughout the county have been celebrating with various school activities. On Thursday, St. Mary and St. Michael catholic school students took the stage to display their skills with talent shows.

St. Michael Catholic School students show their hula hooping skills during the talent show on Thursday. Along with hula hoop routines, show attendees watched students play guitar, rollerblade and more.

“National Catholic Schools Week allows us to put the spotlight on the valuable roles catholic schools play in educating our children,” said St. Michael Catholic School Principal Jerry Ward. “During the week, we like to provide fun activities for the kids outside of the normal classroom routine.”

From singing to playing guitar and from hula hoop routines to balancing acts, St. Michael’s students wowed their peers, teachers and parents in the afternoon at their school. Thursday evening, St. Mary’s students and their families met at their school to showcase their skills in everything from dancing to gymnastic and drumming to Lego masterpieces.

“When I came here six years ago, we didn’t have any way for students to display these talents,” said St. Mary Catholic School Principal J.B. Watters.

Watters said students look forward to the talent show each year.


Posted by Meghan Gunther-Haas

Meghan is the education reporter for the Pioneer and Herald Review. She can be reached at (231) 592-8382 or by email at

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